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What’s In My Airplane Bag

I keep my airplane bag as lightweight as possible because, let me tell you, I have had some really bad airport luck. Like this one time that I packed a ton of stuff in my carry-on tote because I was too lazy to make room in my suitcase, and I ended up stuck in the Atlanta airport for 17 hours. I lugged that thing around for SEVENTEEN HOURS, Y’ALL. Anyway, that wasn’t the first time I’ve ended up stuck in an airport, and since I mostly travel by myself, I end up carrying my stuff around with me everywhere I go. I’ve …

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A Few Thoughts on Surviving Loss

“Sarah, where have you been?” I’m touched by the number of times I’ve received this email in the last few weeks, and so I’ve decided it’s finally time to share. The photos won’t be perfect and crisp, but nothing about the last few weeks has been that way either, and I want to be real. When I woke up on a Monday morning, three weeks ago, I already knew that something was wrong. If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know about Ginnie. The most loving, precious kitty in this world (except for yours, maybe. Isn’t it crazy how they find …

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5 Tips For Flu Recovery (From a Teacher!)

In case you were wondering about the radio silence over here for the last two weeks, I had the flu. The dreaded, awful, influenza plague from hell. I was able to get on Tamiflu fairly quickly so the worst of it only lasted about 36 hours. But if you’ve had the flu before, you know that your fever breaking is only the beginning. We teachers know this best. Why? We get the flu (and the like) a lot. Kids are basically just incubi of the viral plague. We can’t stay away from work for long without everything falling apart. And we teachers …

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Two Hours to a Week to a Clean Apartment All The Time!

So this one time, when I was feeling extra dramatic stressed out, I opened the door to my room at the end of the day and saw my cat sleeping in a pile of still-wet laundry and trash on my floor. (To be fair, she had knocked the trash can over herself, and I REALLY DID THINK THE LAUNDRY WAS DRY, OKAY?) Ginnie looked up at me with a face that I can only imagine meant that she was thinking “Geez, mom. I could have stayed on the streets if I wanted to live in a dump.” So I proceeded to lay …

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Please Stop Telling Us to Get Married. (and what to say when people do)

At my sister’s wedding when I was 20, a well-meaning friend of my mom’s insisted on knowing when I was going to get married. I was just just trying to sneak some icing off the cake, you know? Also, and again, I was 20. When I was about to move to Boston, I ran into one of my old teachers at Starbucks. I told her about my moving plans, and she looked concerned. She asked how long I planned to be there, and I replied that I wasn’t sure, I was just kind of going with it. “Wouldn’t you rather get married …

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Treat Yo Self: 5 Happy Things To Do On Valentine’s Day

I have weirdly horrible Valentine’s Day luck, and I can prove it. Valentine’s Day 2002: Love-of-my-life (aka Sam) gives pink carnation to Megan, and not to me. I die of a broken heart right there, in the 6th grade lunch line. Valentine’s Day 2004: I get friend-zoned by none other than Sam’s BROTHER. Valentine’s Day 2006: Salmonella. Valentine’s Day 2007: Car accident en route to date. Valentine’s Day 2010: Forced to refuse a delivery of 200 red roses from maniacal ex-boyfriend. Burnt the mac n’ cheese. Valentine’s Day 2014: I didn’t get the job. Ran off the stress on treadmill for too …

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How I Wrote My First Book (Finally!)

Picture me, dancing around in my basement (ahem, alone) and singing “Timber” at the top of my lungs at 1 o’clock in the morning. That’s where the story ends, but certainly not where it began! But it did end there: the night I typed the last sentence of what would later be known as my very first novel. I was all by myself and wearing a still slightly-damp swimsuit underneath a pair of LuLu shorts and t-shirt. It was the happiest night of my life. Weird, huh? I’ve talked about my wild journey with writing here and here, but I thought that …

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5 Ways That Perfectionism is Ruining Your Life

I was 22 before I figured out that I was a raving lunatic perfectionist. I had been this way for so long that I thought everyone thought the way that I did, and some people were just better at life than I was. I had no idea. You would think since being a perfectionist was literally ruining my life that I would, you know, have noticed that I was one. But oh, I was. Here’s how I knew: I gave myself absolutely no grace, about anything, ever. I rarely described my days as being “good!” when people asked. I was always tired. …

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7 Ways that Waking Up Early for Yoga Completely Changed My Life

Here’s something you may not know about me: I have narcolepsy. I am also the textbook definition of a night-owl. I’m the kind of person who craves the peacefulness of the late, late night when the rest of the world is asleep and it’s just me, Netflix, and whatever I’m working on. If I could follow my body’s clock the way it WANTS to run, I would go to sleep between 11 and 1 at night, and wake up between 9 and 11. I’m a full-time teacher so that’s just not a thing, but that’s the way my body naturally likes to …

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3 Steps to Setting (And Keeping!) Your New Year Resolutions (plus a free worksheet!)

For the longest time I hated the entire concept of New Year Resolutions. You would think the idea of setting goals and getting organized for an entire year would be the kind of thing I would love, but no. Just, bleck. No. I didn’t like them because I never kept them, and that made me feel like a failure. So for a couple of years, I just ignored the concept completely. It’s no wonder I spent those years pretty direction-less. But something tells me I’m not the only one, so I figured maybe we should discuss! Here’s what I finally figured out: it …